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Ok, so for quite some time now I have been trying to think of what to do with the useless cup holder that resides in the dash, I mean seriousley is there a worse spot to put a beer :). But seriousley, this year I decided to add a few upgrades to the car and required some additional switches to run them. Challenge #1 where to put the switches, and how do I make it so it can go back to factory at the drop of a hat, this proves to be very challenging. Challng to come through enge #2 like always tis to make it look like it belongs. Any way after pondering this for quite some time I started working on creating a plaster copy of the original piece. From their I made a clay copy of the original using the plaster mold, I shaped it as required. I then made plaster mold #2. After fine tuning mold #2 I made my fiberglass copy. I added many layers of fiberglass to strengthen. After having finished the fiberglassing ang trimming of the mold I had to locate where the mounting screws were going to come through, they had to lign up just right. I am using the factory screw holes that are behind the cup holder holding the dash. I used clay balls and mashed them in to where the screws go and proceded to squish the fiberglass copy over the clay balls. This along with marker indents I made on the back of the fiberglass mold helped me realign them after removal and was able to use the screw hole imprints in the clay to perfectly align the screw holes. After that it was pretty easy, I figured out where I needed the holes for the switches and then I covered the piece with black leather. I am really happy with how this piece turned out, I would not have done anything differently. As you can tall there are no switches installed yet, but they arrive tomorrow so I got done just in time. Any way Have a look and please give me some feed back. Thanks
 

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Looks like some very nice workmanship!
I was wondering though if it might have been easier to start with a "new" cupholder from a junkyard and work from there? You could have pulled the stock unit and replaced it with yours at the drop of a hat.
 

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Ok, so for quite some time now I have been trying to think of what to do with the useless cup holder that resides in the dash, I mean seriousley is there a worse spot to put a beer :). But seriousley, this year I decided to add a few upgrades to the car and required some additional switches to run them. Challenge #1 where to put the switches, and how do I make it so it can go back to factory at the drop of a hat, this proves to be very challenging. Challng to come through enge #2 like always tis to make it look like it belongs. Any way after pondering this for quite some time I started working on creating a plaster copy of the original piece. From their I made a clay copy of the original using the plaster mold, I shaped it as required. I then made plaster mold #2. After fine tuning mold #2 I made my fiberglass copy. I added many layers of fiberglass to strengthen. After having finished the fiberglassing ang trimming of the mold I had to locate where the mounting screws were going to come through, they had to lign up just right. I am using the factory screw holes that are behind the cup holder holding the dash. I used clay balls and mashed them in to where the screws go and proceded to squish the fiberglass copy over the clay balls. This along with marker indents I made on the back of the fiberglass mold helped me realign them after removal and was able to use the screw hole imprints in the clay to perfectly align the screw holes. After that it was pretty easy, I figured out where I needed the holes for the switches and then I covered the piece with black leather. I am really happy with how this piece turned out, I would not have done anything differently. As you can tall there are no switches installed yet, but they arrive tomorrow so I got done just in time. Any way Have a look and please give me some feed back. Thanks
I luke warm on these modifications, but I think it will look OK when you're finished.
 

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Yep...looks good. Replace the silver screws and washers with black and it will look a whole lot better. Looking forward to see the final results.
 

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I commend you for your creativity. I like the idea of getting an additional one from a junk yard to replace it if you ever choose to go back.
 

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The thing is, I never wrecked the original piece. I can put it back in at any time I want. The reason I decided to use a modified piece is because I wanted to produce a flat section in order to mount the switches nicley, I will post some new pics this weekend when I get it all together.
 

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The reason fro the switches was for some upgrades I decided to install on the car. The first switch will be for the Laser Jammer ( blinder M20 ) & Radar detector ( Escort 9500IX ). The second switch will be a Brake Light defeat switch, turn on the switch brake lights dont come on. A intermiten pizo buzzer does however start chirping to let you know you are in a limited state till you turn the lights back on, safety first :). The third switch will be used to opperate the Licence Plate cover from Trickplate.com it blacks out your plate so as to avoid photo radar ect. The forth switch will enable/ disable the modified door lock pins I made that house flashing LED's, in case I choose to go low profile in a parking lot.
 

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hehe, sound like james bond :) make sure to take pics/video.

But when the cops start to pursue you, becouse of all this stuff you probly should have 32AMG insted of the 230 :) but good luck
 

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Why would you want to turn off your brakelights? As a victim of a rear-ending, I want them as bright and conspicuous as possible.
...unless the stealth mode is for some nefarious activity :eek:
 

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Why would you want to turn off your brakelights? As a victim of a rear-ending, I want them as bright and conspicuous as possible.
...unless the stealth mode is for some nefarious activity :eek:
he probly will turn off the break light soo the cops dont see him break if they are behind him.

common thing to do in norway is to pull the hand break slowly, then you can slow down without any lights :)
 

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Ok, so thanks to everyone who have replyed to my post. Here is the finished product, I think it turned out better then I thought it would :thumbsup:. I used Vandal switches with ring lit leds. I decided to go with 4 different colors to help identify each one and its purpose. Oh and yea, the brake light defeat switch is so it does not appear that i am braking either from behind or from the front at night, that is just a dead give away that I may have been siightly breaking the law :D. Just as a note I hooked up the led's to the dash lights so they can be dimmed along with the dash for a low light situation. Let me know what you guys think of this mod.
 

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Oops pics would help
 

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honeslty i have to give it to you! that has to be the craziest thing i have ever seen someone do with a mercedes, now be honest, are you planning on being a getaway driver for some bank robbers or are you just one of thouse kids that wears night vision goggles and does 140MPH with all the lights off!

but on a more serious note, very creative...


I agree with the trick plate and the rear lights, now for the scanner and jammer, IDK why you would need to turn them on/off?

If i was you I would wire the Led's on the doors to blink only when the car is off and locked, this way you dont have to have them always blinking... but i see why you have that switch
 

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Actually I do have the led's hooked up just as you described, the switch is to be used as a bypass so I can shut them off, never know when you might not want to be noticed.
As for the Jammer switch, I have to have the ability to shut down the jammer when I am getting targeted. However I get to choose when I let them get the read :) If you dont shut it down then they will know that they are being jammed and well you can imagine that they will want to stop you and harrass you. If you let them get the read when you are finally doing the speed limit then chanses are you will get to drive on by :)
 

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The jamming systems and concealed plate I can just about understand, but turning off your brake lights is just plain dumb.
 
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